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Why your voice matters – Lynsey’s new blog

Lynsey Sweeney, MD, Communities that Work

Lynsey Sweeney

Two years ago, I sat down with colleagues at the IPPR to look at the results of a survey of our members about employment support services. What this uncovered was a fact that we’ve used time and again in discussions with housing associations, civil servants, ministers and the media. And I know you have too!

This survey was part of our IPPR research, Building Communities that Work, which found that the UK’s social housing sector is one of the largest investors in tackling unemployment. Housing associations alone invest around £70m a year in employment and training support programmes – £60m of this from their own funding. This confirmed what we all knew anecdotally and provided the basis for our Communities that Work campaign and subsequent advocacy and influencing work.

Why I am mentioning this? Because we want to find out if these key facts still stand. There have been huge changes to all our lives since 2018, and particularly to those of your residents. Many were already disadvantaged in the labour market before coronavirus and it looks like the economic impact of the pandemic will hit them hardest.

We want to learn what these changes mean for the employment support and services provided by our members. Has demand increased and with it, investment? It’s vital that the housing sector plays a role in the economic recovery and is able to inform and influence policy. Please help us to champion the work you do by providing us with the most up-to-date facts and information by filling in this sector survey we have designed with BECG.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete! Please send your responses by 30 September. Thank you in advance for your continued support and help.

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